Your Definitive Guide to the Best Oyster Happy Hours in Houston


Your Definitive Guide to the Best Oyster Happy Hours in Houston
Your Definitive Guide to the Best Oyster Happy Hours in Houston

Courtesy of Prohibition Supperclub & Bar
Courtesy of Prohibition Supperclub & Bar

We already brought you the Best Happy Hour in 17 Houston ‘Hoods, but since we really, truly like you guys, we’re not stopping there. Enter oyster happy hour, the kind of magic that only exists in lands perfectly primed for coastal cuisine. From cheap guys on the half shell to buttery, chargrilled numbers, here are 18 spots to get your Houston oyster happy hour on:


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The deal: Get them fresh on the half shell with salsa bruja and lime or wood-roasted and absolutely dripping in chipotle butter for up to half off. $7/half dozen, $13/dozen. Vuelve a la Vida -- a half-dozen raw gulf oysters and a glass of their weekly oyster wine is $13.50. Or have a bottle of Mumm's Cordon Rouge Champagne and half-dozen of the wood-roasted oysters for $65 (seasonal).
When: Sun-Fri, 3-7pm; Sat before 5pm

BB’s Cajun Cafe

Heights/Montrose/Upper Kirby/Briargrove/Katy

The deal: Voodoo hour means half off a dozen raw oysters
When: Mon-Fri, 3-6:30pm

State of Grace

River Oaks

The deal: Hit the oyster room to get a spectacular lineup of HH oysters, including Sea Wings (Gulf of Mexico, TX), Point Aux Pins (Grand Bay, AL), and Standfish Shore (Duxbury, MA) for $1 to $3 each.
When: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm

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The deal: $1 oyster Mondays
When: Mondays (duh) all day

RDG Bar + Annie


The deal: $3 each East Coast oysters with hushuppies
When: Continual cocktail hour 4pm to close

Sam’s Boat


The deal: A half-dozen oysters on the half shell for $6.99
When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm 

Ragin Cajun

Ragin' Cajun

Upper Kirby/Sugar Land/Woodlake

The deal: Gulf oysters on the half shell $6 for half, $10 for dozen. Char-grilled oysters $10 for half, $19 for dozen (Kirby & Sugar Land only)
When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm



The deal: $1 oysters
When: Wed-Sat, 4-7pm

Goode Co. Seafood


The deal: Shell-roasted oysters for $7 ($6 for a platter of fried); Thursday raw oyster night $7.95 per dozen (limited time only)
When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-5pm; Thurs special, 4-10pm

The Palm


The deal: Prime Time happy hour with bites includes $2 oysters on the half shell and half-off cornmeal fried oysters ($8 instead of $16) at the bar. 
When: Sun-Fri, 5-7pm

Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen


Montrose/Museum District

The deal: Raw oysters $10/dozen or $.90 each 
When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm and Sat, 2-7pm 

Prohibition Supperclub & Bar


The deal: $6 half-dozen oysters on the half shell and $7 half-dozen delicious as hell chargrilled oysters (available in three flavors: Rockefeller, New Orleans BBQ, Singapore Black Pepper).
When: Mon all day; Tues-Fri, 4-7pm 

The Oceanaire Seafood Room


The deal: Get a chef-selected freshly shucked oyster trio for $7 (bar area only)
When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm; Mon-Thurs, 9pm-close; Sun 8pm-close 


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Eddie V’s

Eddie V’s

CityCentre/Upper Kirby

The deal: $10 for batter-fried oysters in a light curry with pickled Asian cucumbers
When: 4-7pm

Peska Seafood Culture


The deal: $6 snacks including crispy fried oysters
When: 3-6pm



The deal: Fried oysters $5 ($10 large) 
When: 4-7pm

Paul’s Kitchen

Upper Kirby

The deal: $8 crispy oysters, semolina-dusted and deep-fried with spinach and leek fondue, Sriracha aioli, and BACON.
When: 11am to close at the bar

Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar


The deal: $8 Fried Oysters 
When: Mon-Fri, 4-8pm

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Brooke Viggiano is a Houston writer who thinks every happy hour should be oyster happy hour. Find out why on Twitter @BrookeViggiano.

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1. Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar 3201 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77006

With multiple dining rooms – including a more casual one with an oyster shucking station -- this Midtown eatery dishes out seafood done the Southern way. Chef Mark Holley is covering all the bases with crudo, ceviche, raw oysters, caviar service, and a bourbon program, too. The interior is sleek and modern, with dark wooden accents and big windows. The drinks produced through Holley's cocktail program are not to be missed either.

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2. Caracol 2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160, Houston, TX 77056 (Uptown)

This glassy, sleek eatery in Midtown serves up seafood-centered Mexican fare including starters like salsa-topped oysters and headlining shrimp tacos and pan seared daily catches. Frequent happy hours, only at the bar, get you plenty of liquored up treats with salted rims and leafy garnishes like the Cuba Moderna with rum aged over 12 years.

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3. BB's Cajun Cafe 2710 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

This Cajun eatery in Montrose is a neighborhood staple serving up Texas and New Orleans cuisine in a laid back atmosphere. Get your hands on Cajun classics like ettouffe and crawfish boils in addition to full loaded po-boys. All of the food is pretty gut-busting, so bring some friends to go in on shareable apps like loaded fries. BB's is open late, making it the perfect stop after a night out.

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4. State of Grace 3256 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098 (River Oaks)

Atlanta restaurateur and Houston native chef Ford Fry has brought his culinary magic back home with this modern, globally and coastally inspired lodge. Former Ciao Bello chef Bobby Matos mans the open kitchen and the giant, wood-fired hearth, offering you not only great food but an entertaining and immersive experience. There's a great oyster program and an upscale, vintage feel to the space, with a marble bar and handsome wooden and leather furniture.

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5. Julep 1919 Washington Ave Ste A, Houston, TX 77007

The bar has an old-school, punky Southern charm that we haven’t seen the likes of in Houston before (think big back porch and a copper-accented historic space). Come for masterfully crafted cocktails and cold seafood dishes from former Pass & Provisions Chef Adam Garcia.

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6. Sam's Boat 5720 Richmond Ave (& Other Locations), Houston, TX 77057

Sam’s Boat locations have become the place to be for great food, outstanding service and excellence in sports entertainment. They are also known for great people watching, excellent live music and a fun place to meet new friends while hanging out on the outdoor decks.

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7. Ragin Cajun 930 Main St (& Other Locations), Houston, TX 77002 (Sugar Land)

The Ragin Cajun boasts some of the best cajun food in all of Houston.

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8. Tarakaan 2301 Main St Ste 200, Houston, TX 77002 (Midtown)

With one of the coolest looking bars— think exposed brick walls with floor to ceiling geishas painted over it, this spot not only has great Asian fusion cuisine (get the pad thai) but has a really beautiful and cozy atmosphere with custom cocktails like the Champagne Firecracker.

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9. Goode Company Seafood 2621 Westpark Dr, Houston, TX 77098 (Memorial City)

Built into a tin railroad car that reveals a seating area set up railroad-style, Goode Company Seafood offers a dining experience that is fresh, seafood-based, and charmingly novel. The staff is knowledgable -- as they should be with all the original seafood concoctions served up here -- and while a dinner wait is a near-constant, the line moves just as fast as the guy slicing the moist, mesquite-smoked brisket in front of your eyes, so you can be in and out of there as fast as you can take down a three-meat plate with brisket, jalapeño sausage, pork ribs, baked beans, and potato salad.

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10. The Palm Restaurant 6100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057

Storied chain serving high-end steakhouse fare, seafood & diverse wines in clubby surrounds.

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11. Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen 4611 Montrose , Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Occupying the bottom floor of Montrose's Chelsea Market, Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen is a timeless 200-seat seafood restaurant with both a dining room and a separate oyster bar. You won't find any fast-fleeing trends in the atmosphere or the food here, just a constant after-work dinner rush and a menu full of Southern favorites. Big groups can usually be found around a platter of fresh-shucked oysters, and temptation for grilled fish or steak rarely bows out.

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12. Prohibition Supperclub & Bar 1008 Prairie St, Houston, TX 77002

This sultry, '20s era supper club doubles as a cabaret, featuring The Moonlight Dolls on Thurs-Sat, making sucking down Oysters Rockefeller, crispy stuffed pig trotter, and garlic butter lobster twice the fun. Add a couple of old-fashioned cocktails to reach nirvana.

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13. Oceanaire Seafood Room 2001 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056

Only top-of-the-catch fish from the world's most reputable suppliers is served, and each dish is carefully crafted to ensure the restaurant's high standards of quality and flavor are exceeded.

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14. Eddie V's Prime Seafood 2800 Kirby Dr Ste A100, Houston, TX 77098

The finest seafood and steaks. World-class wine and service. And live jazz in the V lounge.

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15. PESKA Seafood Culture 1700 Post Oak Blvd Ste 190, Houston, TX 77056 (Uptown)

After opening two successful restaurants in Mexico, sibling owners Maite and Diego set their sights on Houston. This aquatic-themed eatery and seafood market is serving up fresh, Mexican-inspired in Galleria. Peska also has an impressive raw bar and a hired “seafood sommelier” who will assist you in picking a fresh catch to fit your tastes.

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16. Reef 2600 Travis St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

This spot bounces around on lists of the best seafood restaurants in the US, and for good reason. Jumbo Crab Cakes, Crispy Skin Snapper, and Red Fish on the Half-Shell are all favorites, which along with their 400 label wine list makes this a definite winner.

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17. Paul's Kitchen 2502 Algerian Way, Houston, TX 77098

These two Pauls (one of Osteria Mazzantini, one of Union Kitchen) are the kinda Pauls you want to know. Why? Because they teamed up to sling farm-fresh eats like braised goat empanadas, smoked Berkshire pork belly, and juicy fried chicken straight into your belly.